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Does Abigail Breslin Earn More Allowance Than You Did?

She may hold a place on Forbes' Young Hollywood's Top-Earning Stars list, but Abigail Breslin has to earn her allowance like any other kid. The My Sister's Keeper actress celebrated her thirteenth birthday in April, and in her house that meant her allowance increased by $1. She earns her age in weekly allowance, and the chores she must fulfill for the $13 might sound familiar to what you had to do as a kid. Abigail described her duties to People magazine and said,

My chores have gotten a little heavier. My brother used to always to feed the cat and now I feed the cat, which isn't a big deal, but it kind of is, because my cat eats tons. It's like an all-day long cycle.

What chores did you have to do growing up? And did you get an allowance for completing them?

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bingbingboom bingbingboom 8 years
I had maybe $2 per week growing up, but it wasn't a reward for chores. I think Abigail is adorable and I appreciate her parents still treat her like a normal child. I really can't stand when parents give their children too much money to spend in malls etc.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
I was in the exact same boat as Advah.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I think I got $5 a week. I thought it was SO much money!
poissondujour poissondujour 8 years
I got $25-30 with relatively minimal chores, but I had to pay for everything myself that I wanted unless it was a family outing, so I learned to budget for eating out or movies fairly young.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
We didn't get an allowance per se, but we were expected to do chores for free because my dad claimed it built character. My sis and I always had to wash the dishes, take out trash, clean our rooms, help fold clothes, and take care of the cat by ourselves for free, but if we did a special chore (it had to be approved by my parents), we could earn money for doing it. I remember my mom used to pay me $10 to scrub down the kitchen (dishes, cleaning the counters, sweeping/mopping the floor, and cleaning off the table) and my dad would pay me for washing the car or helping him clean the basement. Since we didn't get regular allowances, my parents did let us get treats every now and then and they never expected us to buy our own clothes or shoes or school supplies. Most of my friends who got an allowance were made to buy their own clothes and stuff, so I actually felt kind of lucky that I didn't get money just handed to me for doing basic household chores that have to get done.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
We didn't get allowance, but if we wanted something we would ask and depending on how good we were acting doing our chores, we would get it or they would think about it. We were brought up to not expect things, and doing chores was just something you did, it wasn't a way to get things you just did them because that what you do.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
I got an allowance, but I also worked in my family's business so that was my compensation. I didn't really get an allowance for doing my chores at home. I love that Abigail has to do chores and gets an allowance.
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 8 years
I got two dollars a week when I was a kid, but that honestly isn't enough anymore considering movie ticket prices today.
Advah Advah 8 years
Hah cute quote. I'm like Chrstne, I never really had an allowance. My siblings and were (I think) fairly responsible kids, so if we asked for money to buy a magazine or tee-shirt my parents would usually happily give us the money if it was a reasonable request. Or they'd just trust us to get £3 (or £10 when we were teenagers) from their wallet if we wanted to. I don't think any of us ever abused that, and my parents wanted to make sure we'd always have some money with us in case we had to make an urgent phone call (those were the pre-mobile days). As for the rest, it was more a "mum and dad cook your dinner, wash your clothes, clean the house, go grocery shopping and drive you to your friend's, so the least you can do is help them by doing the dishes, mopping the floor or tidying your room" - and I completely agree with that attitude. We all liked having cats in the house, so we were all expected to help our parents feed the cats.
syako syako 8 years
I love this. I'm so happy to hear that her parents are teaching her financial responsibilities. We got allowance as we got older (and went to the movies and things), but my mom did give us "bank accounts" when we were younger (i.e. she took our cash and kept a tally of what he had in the back of her checkbook). So if we were at the store and had to have an Icee or a toy, she'd check our account and see if we could afford it.
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
I never made an allowance. My parents told me the chores I do I will do all of my life for free. They didn't want me to grow up thinking I deserved a special prize for doing what I should be doing. I will never give my kids an allowance either. I mean, you want 10 bucks for candy? Why the heck not. I just won't pay you to take the trash out, which I do all the time, with no reward.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
She is adorable and I am glad she is still living the life of a child despite her job.
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